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- U.S. Office of Civil Defense and Mobilization
Film on nuclear fallout and its potential for damage in the event of an attack on the United States.
Freakishly dramatic music. Picture of people going about their daily activity is occasionally colored red to illustrate contamination of radioactive fallout.
teletypes in a row; suburbia, houses and lawns; atomic bomb explosions; animation of fallout, explosions, maps of U.S.A.; highways; traffic; crowd scenes; newspaper headlines; debris; corn fields; death
Bizarre shot: cows entering fallout shelter built expressly for them.
classroom instruction in radiation sickness; excellent hospital shot;
excellent actual footage of nuclear explosion;
excellent animation; livestock at pasture; driving through the desert; mountains; anemometer;
serious faces of men at conference table
family in shelter; fallout shelter models; fireman and park ranger uses Geiger counters; evacuation onto school buses; shelter signs;
Danger Lurks Safety
"As serious as fallout is, we can cope with it through an active radiological defense program"<BR>
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: Comparison with the UK Civil Defence
Our radiac instruments were fewer in type, basically a personal dosimeter, a contamination meter, a survey meter and a fixed survey meter, with one model of each.
The Civil Defence Corps was placed under a care and maintenance basis with local authorities, which meant they did nothing.
No film like this was produced in the UK for public consumption.
Subject: Advertisement for Big Government?
Not one of the better films on civil defense....but I always enjoy the scenery from the good ol days. I remember model homes in that era with bomb shelters in the basement.
That narraator: John Forsythe?
Subject: 1960s a lifetime ago
These days we tend to brush it off, it's somebody else's problem, it's not that serious, is it?
I just wonder what the original guys who came up with this technology would make of things.
btw, keeping live stock alive makes a lot of sense when food is essentially poisoned if exposed. Just ask the poor folks in Northern Japan what that's like.
Subject: Still dead nuts on in terms of facts.
There is nothing whatsoever in the film that incorrect or implausible in terms of fact or scenario. It's all pretty much still true.
The way folks worked in the 1950s was pretty close to what is shown. It's all pre-calculator and pre-PC computers so, yes, this really is how they did things. Look up what a slide rule is.
The tone? If you don't think a nuclear attack is a likely possibility, then yeah, it's strangely urgent and overly dramatic. But if such an attack did occur, everything mentioned including the dire effects on agriculture are completely accurate even today.
Subject: Atomic-nuclear: Civil defense; Cold War
Subject: "I may be incenerated, but i'll be damned if anything happens to my golf clubs"
Subject: Be very afraid...
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